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FORBES dropped a bombshell today, revealing that RZA has a double Wu-Tang album will be called The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, and he plans to sell one copy of it for a “multi-million dollar” price tag. The album will be encased in the one-of-a-kind encasement, as seen in the photo below.


“We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” RZA revealed to FORBES. “We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”


The album is produced mainly by Cilvaringz and will be first taken on “tour” to different galleries and museums, where fans will be able to listen to it in its entirety for a pricetag of around $30 to $50. It will then be sold to the highest bidder, whom will retain the rights to the album, and freedom to do with it what they please (such as release it via conventional channels).


“The idea that music is art has been something we advocated for years,” said RZA. “And yet its doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free.”


The project is separate from the group’s 20th anniversary LP, A Better Tomorrow, which is slated for a summer release.


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9 Responses to "Wu-Tang Clan Has A Super Limited Edition Double Album Called “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” And Plan To Sell *1″ Copy"
  • The Doorman says:

    i aint worried about this, know why? its gonna suck. think RZA would put his best shit on this? probably all throwaway tracks.

  • WuBrotha#1 says:

    First up, I have to say I’m quite the Cilvaringz fan. Mental Chamberz to me is one of the best Wu related instrumental albums (Mathematics is somewhat close with his stuff) and his work on “I” and “Have Sword Will Travel” were probably the closest Wu-element sounding pieces of work since the 90s. I’m excited but yet disappointed with this news. Non the less, if this EVER got leaked, you can bet I’ll be at the mouth of that stream with a huge bucket. Wu Tang is forever.

  • Hodges says:

    It’s an interesting idea I guess, but the forward-thinking release methods are still failing. I proudly didn’t pay a cent for the songs I liked on Kanye, Jay-Z, or Beyonce’s album (and before they were released) so thinking they will actually preserve the exclusivity of the music is ridiculous. My favorite music download engines will have it before the museim would.

    The time for the Clan to do this is probably 15 years too late, too. They aren’t exactly at the top of their games. I ain’t the biggest Clan Affiliated historian, but Im sure I’d like Tru Master over Civalringz, whoever they/ he is. Imagine paying $50 and a couple hours worth of time and not liking a single track. Donna and Master Killa rambling on offbeat and carrying on. Don’t get me started on post-Bulletlroof Ghost.

  • Snip says:

    It’s guaranteed that this will leak at some time, but that’s not the point. You can make a print of a Picasso, but that doesn’t make it good as the original.

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